This is a comprehensive handbook on Methodist history, theology and practice. Part of a series projected by T&T Clark/Continuum, this volume is a handbook on Methodism containing an introduction, dictionary of key terms, and concentrates on key themes, methodology, and research problems for those interested in studying the origins and development of the history and theology of world Methodism. The literature describing the history and development of Methodism has been growing as scholars and general readers have become aware of its importance as a world church with approximately 40,000,000 members in 300 Methodist denominations in 140 nations. The tercentenary celebrations of the births of its founders, John and Charles Wesley, in 2003 and 2007 provided an additional focus on the evolution of the movement which became a church. The book will research questions, problems, and resources for further study.
Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. is General Secretary emeritus of the General Commission on Archives and History, the United Methodist Church. He is Director of United Methodist Studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He has been editor of Methodist History and Historical Dictionary of Methodism, and is author of books on John and Charles Wesley and Methodist theology.
Each essay will introduce the topic, assess its present state of research, and point the reader to ways in which each may be approached and resources available.; Introductory essay on the importance of studying Methodism with general remarks on methodology and research. Included is a guide regarding how to use this book - Charles Yrigoyen, Jr.; Methodism A to Z. Brief articles on Methodist leaders, theological concepts, events, denominations, etc. - Charles Yrigoyen, Jr.